Remember those pre-kid days when you had oodles of time to indulge in a bit of self-pampering? Regular mani and pedi sessions and decadent overseas retreats were part and parcel of your life before potty training and sleep consultants took over. Getting your hair done meant a trip to the best salon in town NOT an emergency hair wash situation thanks to your toddler throwing mac ‘n’ cheese at you. Well we say all this needs to change: a great facial can not only improve your skin’s condition and appearance, but being pampered and spoilt is an absolute must for all mums. We know you’re time-crunched, so fear not: we’ve found the best facials in Singapore for all kinds of skin types, budgets and time restraints…
Best for extraction and treatments for acne, blemished and congested skin: My Cozy Room
Motherhood, we think it’s fair to say, plays havoc with our skin. In fact, pregnancy doesn’t do it many favours either! Thankfully, we’ve discovered My Cozy Room, a gorgeous little urban sanctuary near Orchard Road, where magic products from Germany’s number one professional skincare range, BABOR, are used to fight wrinkles, dry skin and hormonal acne. Unwind with a clarifying and moisturising facial and look forward to saying goodbye to clogged pores, lacklustre skin and unsightly blemishes with thorough, meticulous (but pain free) extraction, an oh-so-relaxing facial massage and an extra boost of decadence in the form of a luxe alginate peel-off mask: ultimate indulgence for your tired skin! Pamper heaven right there. Expect skin to look and feel smoother and firmer after just one session in the hands of the talented, friendly staff – this place really does tick all the right boxes for spa perfection!
My Cozy Room, 56A Cairnhill Rd, Singapore 229667; www.mycozyroom.com.sg
Best for skin prone to acne breakouts and scars: Estheclinic
While we would like to think that pimples are a sign of youth, it’s still no fun having them pop up right before a fancy date night or big presentation at work. Instead of looking for a quick fix, treat the root of your acne problem with EstheClinic’s Intensive Acne Treatment ($450 for 90 minutes). Our facial started with a relaxing cleanse and face massage, followed by a power pairing of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and Light-Emitting Diodes (LED) treatments. Used back-to-back, the lights target different layers of the skin to reduce redness and inflammation while killing the bacteria that causes acne. The IPL treatment also promotes collagen production, shrinks open pores and helps to fade acne scars over time. Neither treatment made us feel uncomfortable, nor were we subjected to any painful extractions. First-class pampering all the way! While it takes about eight to 12 sessions to clear the acne and regenerate the skin, our tired faces definitely looked more radiant a few days after our initial session – and weeks later, we’re still proudly showing off our glow.
EstheClinic, locations in Joo Chiat, Rochester Park and Tanjong Pagar; www.estheclinic.com.sg
Best for an affordable treat: SG Face
With more than 10 years of beauty therapy experience behind her, Michelle Foong at SG Face knows how to make us feel a million dollars at a fraction of the price. Located just a hop, skip and a jump away from Holland Village MRT, you’ll get to pick from a range of affordable but oh so heavenly facials given by skilled therapists. All first-timers get 50% off all treatments with the exception of the Deep Cleansing Facial, which we’ve tried and tested on your behalf and is worth every cent, and will cost you just $58 for 60 minutes, and $78 for subsequent sessions. We love that Michelle doesn’t scrimp on all the fab products she uses either. We’ve got so much love for this wonderfully relaxing haven!
SG Face, #03-42 Holland Road Shopping Centre, 211 Holland Ave, Singapore 278967; www.sgface.com.sg
Best for something a bit different: Ikeda Spa
It’s been an open secret since Kabuki actors and geishas discovered the secret ingredient to flawless skin decades ago –and now you can try it for yourself with the Geisha Organic Facial ($240 for 90 minutes) at Ikeda Spa. Using authentic UV-sanitized nightingale droppings, along with traditional Japanese ingredients such as rice bran, azuki red beans, and camellia oil, we think it’s worthy of all the hype.
Ikeda Spa, 787 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 269762 and #05-22 The Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, Singapore 059817; www.ikedaspa.com
Best for a long afternoon of pampering: Indulgence Beauty
Clear your diaries for this one, people. Indulgence Beauty facials are decadent, but also looong (so don’t get caught on the hop when you lose all sense of time and miss the kid’s school run!). We tried the Hyaluronic Hyalogy Treatment Facial with LPG Endermolift Facial which used tonnes of science to really boost tired and flagging skin (three kids: say no more). Expect clogged up, exhausted faces to be treated to a mini-jet wash, heaps of lotions, potions, masks and a sensational massage. Costs are relatively low compared to some of the all-singing, all-dancing fancier spa options, so this one is easy on the skin and the wallet.
Indulgence Beauty, International Plaza #02-58, 10 Anson Road, Singapore 082001; www.indulgencebeauty.com.sg
Best for brightening tired skin: Spa Esprit
Brighten up your day and your face with Spa Esprit’s Triple Algae-Rithm ($180 for 75 minutes). Like a breath of fresh air for your skin, this detoxifying facial rejuvenates clogged skin before rounding things off with a detox vitamin cream to pack a hydrating punch.
Spa Esprit, Wheelock Place, 501 Orchard Road, #03-19, Singapore 238880; www.spa-esprit.com
Best for a monthly boost: St Gregory Spa
If you can schedule a monthly slot for a great maintenance facial then CACI (Computer Aided Cosmetology Instrument) Booster Facial ($150 for 45 minutes) is the way forward and at St Gregory is where it’s at. The treatment involves a combination of micro-current, microdermabrasion, ETR (enhanced tissue repair) and LED (plump up fine lines and wrinkles). Regular sessions will leave you looking fabulous, dahling.
St. Gregory Spa, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square Singapore 039595; www.stgregoryspa.com
Best for hydrating dry skin: Face Bistro
Too much sun, not enough water – we’re all guilty of depriving our skin of much-needed hydration, and Face Bistro has the solution: its Aquafit Moisture Facial (238 for 90 minutes) is perfect for dehydrated yet oily skin. The Aquafit Moisture contains hyapluronicacid, a strong moisturising agent that keeps skin hydrated, and wild thyme extract that boosts the production of natural moisturising factors in the skin, which encourages skin cells to generate its own water.
Face Bistro, 25C Lorong Liput, Singapore 277735; www.facebistro.com
Best for sensitive faces: Pure Tincture
The OSEA Super Sensitive Facial ($180 for 90 minutes) is the perfect blend of Vitamin C, aloe extract and corrective antiseptic serum guaranteed to be 100% organic, natural and spot-on for sensitive skin.
Pure Tincture, 68 Tras Street #02-01 Singapore 079007; and #B1-10 The Adelphi, 1 Coleman Street, Singapore 179803; www.puretincture.com
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